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Week 9 Challenge:  Collage Something You Recycle

What to choose, what to choose?  I’ve been asking myself that all week and I don’t think I have ever spent so much time examining my garbage!!  I’ve been thinking of mermaids lately since I am heading to the islands next week so when I came across the labels from bottled water, the transparency was so tempting!  I peeled the labels off the bottles and cut them into wavy strips to simulate, well, the sea!

Then I painted a little mermaid.  I made her in two parts so I could make her look like she was popping out of the waves and taking a jealous peek at all the girls on the beach who had legs!  (I have a vivid imagination at 1:00am!)  I used gouache which I am still experimenting with so she’s a little rough, but I like her.

I used a glue stick to tack down the plastic “waves” and tucked her tail behind one of the pieces.  I continued to layer waves and body parts until I had my mermaid successfully bobbing in the water.  Once finished, I tied up loose ends with more glue, trimmed off extra pieces and washi-ied her right into my planner!  So fun!

Thanks for stopping by to play today!  I can’t wait to see what awesomeness you all come up with!  Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Art to the 5th Artist Blogs for even more inspiration!  Happy Documenting!

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    Love mermaids and love this!! Honest art surrounded by recycled elements, what’s not to love?

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    The water bottle labels was genius, Lo! Great page. Love the mermaid. I almost bought a set of gouache this week too but wasn’t sure I would like it. I will be interested in hearing more about what you think.

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